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Unformatted text preview: r, an example of a solution looking for a problem. Frankly, there is nothing wrong with a jobs program. Let's just not call it something that it is not. For example, call NASA's human space exploration activities a research program that will assure the availability of top technical talent for future programs. Everyone knows that PowerPoint engineering is not rocket science. Let's tell it like it is and maybe we can move beyond "ho-hum" space. Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011 97 Mercury Politics Space Apathy – Public Space program not resonating with the public – public doesn’t want to pay for space Powell, Houston Chronicle Washington Bureau, 8 [Stewart, 6-17-8, Houston Chronicle “NASA popular, but tax hike for funding isn't, poll finds” Lexis, Accessed 6/23/11, LGK] WASHINGTON — Key arguments being made by supporters of increased NASA funding are not resonating with the American public, a new Gallup Poll released Tuesday found. The poll conducted for a business group called the Coalition for Space Exploration found that voters strongly approve of the venerable space agency's work but are reluctant to pay more taxes to finance new initiatives. The Gallup survey — released just a day before the House is scheduled to vote on adding $2.9 billion to the NASA budget — undercut a key argument being used by Texas lawmakers in their bid to persuade Congress to boost spending: that more money is needed to compete in space against China and to close a five-year gap in manned U.S. space operations between retirement of the shuttle fleet in 2010 and launch of the Constellation program in 2015. The Gallup survey of 1,002 adults found that two of three Americans were not alarmed by the prospect that China plans to send astronauts to the moon by 2017 — at least one year ahead of the first scheduled U.S. lunar mission since 1972. Only 12% of Americans care greatly about space missions – Space Shuttle Discovery proves Rasmussen Reports, 12/19/2006 (Biggest public opinion poll conductor in the United States, “Few Following Progress of Discovery Space Shuttle”, http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/current_events/other_current_events/few_following_progress_of_ discovery_space_shuttle, accessed 6/27/11) EK The Space Shuttle Discovery has routinely done what once seemed amazing—a night launch, docking with an International Space Station, completing four walks in space, and more. But, few Americans find it amazing any more. Just 12% of Americans say they’re following news of the mission very closely. Seventeen percent (17%) say they’re not paying any attention. In between are 31% who say they’re following the Shuttle news somewhat closely and 33% who say not very closely. Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011 98 Mercury Politics Space Exploration – Popular – Congress (1/2) Space exploration will be spun as popular – political support and bolsters jobs SpacePolitics.com, 11 [5/25/2011, “Congressional support for NASA’s MPCV decision” http://www.spacepolitics.com/category/congress/page/2/, accessed 7-2-11] The “key decision” that NASA announced Tuesday regarding the agency’s space exploration plans was not...
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